Credit: Eric Leonard
Some immigrant advocates have asked Los Angeles County Supervisors to expand and fully fund a planned local public health insurance program, so the estimated 1-million residents ineligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act won't be left out.
"I think the American people, particularly folks in Los Angeles County, certainly support expanding health coverage," said Jim Mangia, who runs the St. John Well Child and Family Center, the largest free and low-cost clinic in the County.
People in the U.S. illegally cannot enroll in ACA programs and access to discounts is limited for many legal immigrants.
The non-profit group One L.A. has been pushing the County to expand its plans for the "Health Way L.A. 2.0" program, that's aimed at providing preventive care to those excluded from ACA and other federally-funding programs.
"I think most people believe that health care is a right, not a privilege," Mangia said.
-- Eric Leonard in Downtown L.A.